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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 31, 2022.

Dysuria is difficulty urinating, or pain, burning, or discomfort with urination. Dysuria is usually a symptom of another problem.


Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have severe back, side, or abdominal pain.
  • You have fever and shaking chills.
  • You vomit several times in a row.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your symptoms do not go away, even after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Medicines may be given to help treat a bacterial infection or help decrease bladder spasms.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell your provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Your healthcare provider may also refer you to a urologist or nephrologist to have additional testing. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Manage your dysuria:

  • Drink more liquids. Liquids help flush out bacteria that may be causing an infection. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
  • Take sitz baths as directed. Fill a bathtub with 4 to 6 inches of warm water. You may also use a sitz bath pan that fits over a toilet. Sit in the sitz bath for 20 minutes. Do this 2 to 3 times a day, or as directed. The warm water can help decrease pain and swelling. 

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